Fans of the Hunger Games Trilogy will be thrilled to hear that another trilogy about a future dystopia, stirrings of government deceit and uprisings of the common people has been finished: Veronica Roth’s Divergent Series. However, readers be warned: Roth’s final novel, “Allegiant,” has a controversial ending.
This series is about an extraordinary girl named Beatrice (known as Tris) Prior and her struggle to do what is right for her city. The city is divided into factions: the Abnegation believe that selfishness is the cause of conflict and selflessness should be the goal; the Dauntless think that fearlessness ends all quarrels; the Amity believe in peace and avoiding any violence; the Candor are always honest and without any deceit or lies; and the Erudite believe ignorance causes war and strive for intelligence. However, the factions are always in conflict with each other, and the first two books in the series show readers how Tris, her love Tobias Eaton (known as Four), and her other friends fight to solve the most violent factional conflict in history. In this final book, the conflict of the plot expands to answer the question, “What is on the other side of the city fence?” Tris and Tobias will face new challenges and hardships in the outside world as well as some within their relationship.
One of the more obvious divergences in this book from the others in the series is the two-person point of view, switching between Tris and Tobias. It shows a more vulnerable side to the tough-as-steel Tobias that many readers do not like. They feel as though the strong Tobias that they have read about in the last two books has been replaced with another that is lacking. Also, this book seems much too long considering how much of the information is repeated and dragged out. However, the main reason readers either love or hate this book (as seen with an almost equal number of one star and five star ratings online and the lowest ranking out of all the other books) is the controversial ending. Many feel as though the way this series ended was unnecessary and unreasonable, that it ruined the entire series. To anyone who reads this book, be warned to keep a full box of tissues nearby and to prepare friends for a possible foul mood for the next few days. Just do not plan on reading a happily-ever-after.
Rachel Wieclaw is a junior at North Tonawanda High School.